Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A grand jury has indicted an Oregon man
on aggravated murder and other charges in last month’s killing of
his wife and four children. Jackson County Chief Deputy District
Attorney Beth Heckert says the grand jury in Medford handed up the
indictments against 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado after hearing
from 13 witnesses, including police and fire investigators, a
medical examiner and two friends of his wife.
COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) – A prosecutor has told a judge in Coos
County, Ore., that evidence will show that a man accused of killing
his mother and her boyfriend in their Oregon coast home is
responsible for the deaths. County District Attorney Paul Frasier
says the issue is the mental state of 34-year-old Gabriel Morris at
the time and whether an insanity defense applies. Frasier told
Judge Martin Stone he believes that it does not apply.
NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) – Police say a 70-year-old woman ended a
dispute with her husband by firing five shots from a .38-caliber
handgun into the floor of their home. The Newberg-Dundee Police
Department says officers responded Monday to a 911 call from a man
who said his wife had fired a gun inside their home. Officers later
arrested Patricia Jean Hunter-Gross of Newberg for investigation of
unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.
CARVER, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a 22-year-old
Newberg woman tells them she was trying to avoid hitting a possum
on Oregon Highway 224 when she lost control of her car and struck a
power pole, cutting electrical power to about 75 nearby residences.
The woman was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel.
Police don’t know what happened to the possum.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Josh Hamilton drove in the winning run
with a single in the ninth inning and the American League
West-leading Texas Rangers rallied from a three-run deficit for a
7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Ian Kinsler and
Endy Chavez homered for the Rangers, whose division lead over
second-place Los Angeles remained at 1 1/2 games with the Angels
beating the Yankees.
DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Public Health Division has
lifted the toxic algae advisory for Diamond Lake, the popular trout
fishing lake in the Cascades north of Crater Lake National Park.
The agency says testing has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green
algae that can produce toxins harmful to people and pets in and
around the water.
LOWELL, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say thousands of jars of
spaghetti sauce broke open on Highway 58 near Lowell when a
semi-truck rolled over. KVAL reports no one was hurt in last
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Lottery reports a 2 percent
increase in sales, the first increase in three years. Numbers
released yesterday show gamblers spent $1.04 billion on
state-sponsored gambling in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30.
That compares with $1.02 billion in 2010. The Oregonian reports
about half the money goes to schools, parks, business development
and other parts of the state budget.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points, including
the go-ahead layup with 41 seconds remaining, to lift the New York
Liberty to a 58-56 victory over the Seattle Storm last night.
Plenette Pierson had nine points and eight rebounds to help New
York (13-9) win for the third time in four games. Sue Bird scored
17 points and Tanisha Wright and Katie Smith had 11 apiece for
Seattle (12-10), which had won five of their previous seven.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Josh Portis has navigated a long, winding
road in his attempt to get to the NFL. But he’s already made an
impression during the first two weeks of the Seattle Seahawks’
training camp. Portis, the cousin of running back Clinton Portis,
originally signed with the University of Florida, where he spent
his freshman season. He then transferred to Maryland, where he had
to sit out a season, then was suspended for a violation of the
school’s academic code. He later transferred to California – and
led Cal to a 10-1 record in his senior season.